Title

Income protection and the elderly : an examination of social security policy in Singapore

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

Publication Date

12-1-1998

Volume

13

Issue

4

First Page

291

Last Page

307

Keywords

Aging, CPF, Malays, Poverty, Singapore, Women

Abstract

This article examines the impact of the aging population on social security policy in Singapore. The adequacies of public policy responses, specifically the Public Assistance Program and the Central Provident Fund (CPF), are explored. The Singapore government's strategy of minimal approach to social security is challenged. Poverty among the elderly is on the rise. Members from the working poor, a group that disproportionately consists of women and Malays, have inadequate retirement income protection and are most likely to slip into poverty as they age.

DOI

10.1023/A:1006541410391

Print ISSN

01693816

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Additional Information

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, 8– 11 June 1997.

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Language

English

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